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Cheese Curds, 4/19: Packers excited for 2016; hoping Jordy Nelson's return sparks offense

Green Bay's biggest offseason addition is a receiver coming off injured reserve, and the offense hopes for a bounce-back year.

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One of the most exciting things to come out of Green Bay yesterday was a picture of Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson working out on the turf at the Don Hutson Center. That photo - featuring Nelson's trademark grin - is the latest positive sign to come out of the wideout's recovery from a torn ACL:

For as good as it feels for Packers fans to see that, it probably feels even better for Nelson himself to finally get to take the field once again.

Meanwhile, a few other Packers are coming back off of injured reserve. Linebacker Sam Barrington is one of them, and while he has undoubtedly been working hard in his recovery from an ankle injury, he also took some time out last week for a little fun. We've got that and much more in today's curds below.

Packers fired up for first day |
There is lots of buzz in Green Bay as 2016 officially began yesterday. Mike Daniels, Aaron Rodgers, and company are pumped for the season to start.

Jordy Nelson's rapid recovery gives offense fresh start |
Nelson credits team doctor Pat McKenzie and his staff for keeping him "entertained" throughout the rehab process and avoiding any mental blocks that might have otherwise set him back.

4 Downs: Mike Daniels savors security of deal |
Sure, Daniels could have signed for more money if he waited until free agency began, but he was able to get some security against injury and he himself seems plenty happy with his new contract.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Sam Barrington doubles as shark hunter - ESPN
Some people spend their rehab from a season-ending injury with a personal trainer, others relax at home with family, and some spend the whole offseason near the team's facilities. This linebacker took to the high seas last week to catch a 400-pound bull shark. Awesome.

Ronnie Hillman, Broncos agree on one-year contract -
This is a surprisingly cheap deal for Hillman, who appeared to be hoping to cash in on a multi-year deal. Instead, he gets signed for one year and $2 million.

Why the NFL can finally admit football causes CTE and not owe players anything -
The main reason is the third circuit court's ruling on an appeal of the settlement that was filed by a group of former players, which says that Jeff Miller's recent comments about CTE was "conceding something already known."